Michael Curtotti is General Counsel and Lawyer at the ANU Students Association Inc. and an Honorary Lecturer Level B in the ANU Research School of Computer Science. In 2016 he completed a PhD in computer science on the topic ''Enhancing the Communication of Law: A Multidisciplinary Investigation Applying Information Technology". During his PhD Michael worked with fellow researchers at ANU and Cornell University to undertake an online citizen science project collected around 45,000 user assessments of the readability of law. He has worked with researchers at Aalto University on the visualization of law. Previously, Michael has worked as a Senior Lawyer in the ANU Legal Office and as Associate Legal Counsel at the University of Western Sydney and he has run his own intellectual property law practice. Earlier in his career, Michael worked in the human rights sector for the Australian Baha'i Community, and served as Secretary of the Australian Forum of Human Rights Organisations, undertaking advocacy on issues such as racism, human rights education and religious persecution. He is Vice Chair of the Human Rights Council of Australia. He has worked in legal and policy roles in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (including in respect of the ozone layer, the Antarctic Treaty and climate change) and in the Royal Australian Navy. Michael also holds a Master of International Law (ANU) and a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (UNSW). His research interests include legal informatics and the human rights of non-citizens. Michael contributes as a casual tutor in the Research School of Computer Science and has contributed recorded lectures to COMP2100/6442 Software Design Methodologies/Software Construction.
Michael's phd related publications can be accessed at his ANU researcher page https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/curtott...
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PhD related publications are also listed under the publications tab above.
Currently seeking expressions of interest for student research project: Information Technology and the Propagation of Racism in the Australian Community
legal informatics, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning in application to the law, discrimination against non-citizens, human rights. For more information see: http://cs.anu.edu.au/people/Michael.Curtotti/
Curtotti M.A. Enhancing the Communication of Law: a cross-disciplinary investigation applying information technology, https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/bitstre...
Curtotti, M., McCreath, E., Bruce, T., Frug, S., Weibel, W. and Ceynowa, N. Machine Learning for Readability of Legislative Sentences. Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Law. (ICAIL, 2015) Association for Computational Machinery (ACM)
Curtotti, M., Weibel, W., McCreath, E., Ceynowa, N., Frug, S. and Bruce, T. Citizen Science for Citizen Access to Law. Journal of Open Access to Law, 2015, Vol 3:1.
Curtotti, M., Haapio, H. and Passera, S. Interdisciplinary Cooperation in Legal Design and Communication. Kooperation - Digitale Aasgabe zum Tagangsband des 18. Internationalen Rechtsinformatik Symposions IRIS 2015 (Cooperation - Digital Proceedings of 18th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2015), JurisletterIT 26 February 2015.
Curtotti M. and McCreath E. A Right to Access Implies A Right to Know: An Open Online Platform for Research on the Readability of Law. Journal of Open Access to Law, 2013. Vol 1:1
Curtotti, M., McCreath, E. and Sridharan, S. Software Tools for the Visualization of Definition Networks in Legal Contracts. (Research Abstract) Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Law (ICAIL, 2013). Association for Computational Machinery (ACM).
Curtotti, M. and McCreath, E. Enhancing the Visualization of Law. Presented October 2012 20th Anniversary Conference of Law via the Internet - Cornell University
Curtotti, M. and McCreath, E. A Corpus of Australian Contract Language. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Law (ICAIL, 2011). Association for Computational Machinery (ACM).
Passera, S.; Haapio, H.; and Curtotti, M., 2014. Making the meaning of contracts visible - automatic contract visualization. In Transparency. Proceedings of the 17th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2014. Jusletter IT. Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft OCG, Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2630609. (cited on pages xiii, 12, 22, 87, 88, 106, and 107)